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Twenty-Four

for percussion quintet
Level: Med-Advanced
Duration: 8:00
Personnel: 5 players
State Lists: Missouri | Florida
Release Date: 2022
Product ID : TSPCE22-019
Price: $40.00
Item #: TSPCE22-019

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Description

Twenty-Four by Tyler Tolles is a med-avdanced percussion quintet written as an homage to all of the fallen service members of the United States Armed Forces. Drawing inspiration from the military bugle call, Taps, Tolles creatively weaves and alters the familiar melody throughout the piece. The call consists of twenty-four notes organized in eight sets of three-note phrases. This rhythmic structure permeates through the entirety of the work and serves a guide in rhythmic figures, dynamic phrases, and the macro- and micro-rhythmic architecture of the piece.

Despite the typical connotation of Taps, Twenty-Four contains a variety of moods and musical approaches throughout the piece. Frequently contrasting between highly energetic percussive moments and spacious melodic passages, Twenty-Four provides the audience with the musical score for their own patriotic mental film. Tolles expertly takes the listener on a journey of remembrance, sacrifice, and honor.

Twenty-Four is perfect to showcase and develop percussionist’s versatility across various instruments. This is also a wonderful addition to any patriotic concerts, such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, or Memorial Day. 

Twenty-Four ships as a printed, professionally bound score, and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or tablet viewing.

Instrumentation

Glockenspiel (with pedal, if possible)

Crotales (high octave)

Vibraphone

Chimes

Marimba — low F

Drums — 8 concert toms (graduated), concert bass drum, tenor drum

Cymbals — Ride cymbal (flat/dry and with rivets, if possible)

Reviews

“Twenty-Four” draws inspiration from the military bugle call “Taps” and takes its name from 24 notes that are organized into eight sets of three-note phrases. Each of the five players (with the exception of player 5) has a mallet percussion instrument and two concert toms. The parts tend to alternate between moto-perpetuo passages on the mallets and drumming passages on the toms. There is a wide dynamic range and use of syncopated accents to break up the repeated melodic notes. Because of the driving rhythm, this requires the players to have good control of their strokes. The mallet parts are fast, but only Percussion 1 and 2 require the use of four mallets, and the patterns repeat often. The concert-tom rhythms are often played in unison, requiring the players to have an excellent sense of time and ensemble playing.

At eight minutes, “Twenty-Four” is a little on the long side, but the texture is a nice combination of metal, membrane, and wood, and has pleasant moments of sparsity as well as density. The piece would lend itself well to players with a drumming background who want to transfer their skills to mallet instruments. The parts require good stroke control, but due to the thematic structure, the parts are often ostinato and would be doable by someone with good chops but less mallet experience.

While “Twenty-Four” doesn’t reinvent the wheel of percussion ensemble pieces, it has a nice, straightforward concept and structure, and it would be a good addition to a percussion ensemble concert.

—Marilyn K. Clark Silva
Percussive Notes
Vol. 61, No. 1, February 2023

Description

Twenty-Four by Tyler Tolles is a med-avdanced percussion quintet written as an homage to all of the fallen service members of the United States Armed Forces. Drawing inspiration from the military bugle call, Taps, Tolles creatively weaves and alters the familiar melody throughout the piece. The call consists of twenty-four notes organized in eight sets of three-note phrases. This rhythmic structure permeates through the entirety of the work and serves a guide in rhythmic figures, dynamic phrases, and the macro- and micro-rhythmic architecture of the piece.

Despite the typical connotation of Taps, Twenty-Four contains a variety of moods and musical approaches throughout the piece. Frequently contrasting between highly energetic percussive moments and spacious melodic passages, Twenty-Four provides the audience with the musical score for their own patriotic mental film. Tolles expertly takes the listener on a journey of remembrance, sacrifice, and honor.

Twenty-Four is perfect to showcase and develop percussionist’s versatility across various instruments. This is also a wonderful addition to any patriotic concerts, such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, or Memorial Day. 

Twenty-Four ships as a printed, professionally bound score, and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or tablet viewing.

Instrumentation

Glockenspiel (with pedal, if possible)

Crotales (high octave)

Vibraphone

Chimes

Marimba — low F

Drums — 8 concert toms (graduated), concert bass drum, tenor drum

Cymbals — Ride cymbal (flat/dry and with rivets, if possible)

Reviews

“Twenty-Four” draws inspiration from the military bugle call “Taps” and takes its name from 24 notes that are organized into eight sets of three-note phrases. Each of the five players (with the exception of player 5) has a mallet percussion instrument and two concert toms. The parts tend to alternate between moto-perpetuo passages on the mallets and drumming passages on the toms. There is a wide dynamic range and use of syncopated accents to break up the repeated melodic notes. Because of the driving rhythm, this requires the players to have good control of their strokes. The mallet parts are fast, but only Percussion 1 and 2 require the use of four mallets, and the patterns repeat often. The concert-tom rhythms are often played in unison, requiring the players to have an excellent sense of time and ensemble playing.

At eight minutes, “Twenty-Four” is a little on the long side, but the texture is a nice combination of metal, membrane, and wood, and has pleasant moments of sparsity as well as density. The piece would lend itself well to players with a drumming background who want to transfer their skills to mallet instruments. The parts require good stroke control, but due to the thematic structure, the parts are often ostinato and would be doable by someone with good chops but less mallet experience.

While “Twenty-Four” doesn’t reinvent the wheel of percussion ensemble pieces, it has a nice, straightforward concept and structure, and it would be a good addition to a percussion ensemble concert.

—Marilyn K. Clark Silva
Percussive Notes
Vol. 61, No. 1, February 2023


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